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Queen's University

Ruth Latta

History 1970, M.A. History, 1973

When I graduated from Queen's History my name was Ruth "Olson." I changed my name to "Latta" when Roger Latta and I were married in 1978. Until recent early retirement, Roger was a research officer in biological sciences with the National Research Council. We have been living happily ever after - or, at least, for 31 years, in Ottawa. An Ontario qualified teacher, I have taught general interest courses in creative writing through Ottawa community centres, boards of education and public libraries, and studied for an additional degree, this time a B.A. in English (1993) from the University of Waterloo

I have also written and published thirteen books, including three in particular that required a background in history. These are The Memory of All That; Grace MacInnis: A Woman to Remember and They Tried: the Story of the Canadian Youth Congress. Also in print are four mysteries featuring a woman detective-figure of mature years. Of these, Memories Stick (2007), brought my knowledge of history into play. My most recently published books are An Amethyst Remembrance (Ottawa, Baico, 2008) with a Kingston setting, and Spelling Bee (Ottawa, Baico, 2009) For more information, google my name or visit my website,  

Ruth Latta's young adult/teen novel, The Songcatcher and Me (Ottawa, Baico, 2013, $20, is about folk song collecting in Ontario in 1957.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000